Post by Crash Post by Rich80105
Sometimes good news comes from the most unlikely sources!
It is actually not 'good news' at all but merely the opinion if the
CEO if BCITO with no supporting information. There is no evidence
that the 6000 students would not have taken up trade training anyway.
The fees-free initiative applies to all manner of tertiary education
options - there is no credible evidence that this has led to a greater
uptake of trades training.
(ignore the headline - go for the substance)
Thanks for that, Crash. I believe there is substance in both. The
police has helped a number of students to get through education
without going into huge debt, but low unemployment has also reduced
the number in training. Overall, there is still work to do to get more
trades workers in particular, but that will probably be affected more
by the structural changes the government is considering so that
skilled trades people can take the risk of employing an apprentice. We
need an efficient and effective market.
Some of the criticism is mindless knee-jerk responses. I look at what
happened with high fees for dentistry students - that translated in to
higher fees for dentists, and also for fewer young dentists setting up
in practice for themselves - they could not afford the capital cost of
buying a practice, so many are now employed, with good profits going
to a small number of business owners who cuold raise the capital.
There is now however a different issue making it difficult to move
from home for study - the rampant increases in rent are feeding off
increases in lending limites . . .
Overall, the policy has been successful in one respect, it has
increased the proportion of students from less well off households
being able to afford doing tertiary education - equal opportunity is
an aim that the government has retained, even if others have
I agree with you that this is a complex issue, with a number of
objectives, and market forces impacting on decisions for both students
and education providers.